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NBA Combine: Shooting

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


After looking at the measurements and the agility testing, the third major component of the NBA combine is the shooting drills. Fewer players took part here than in the agility testing, but for those who do take part and perform well, it can be a good sign that teams will show more interest, often leading to more workouts.

 

For those who did take part, there are five drills which make up the testing:

 

Spot up NBA 3 – spot up shots behind the three-point line;

 

Off Dribble Left, Right, Top 15 – Dribble jumpers from 15 feet;

 

On the Move College 3 and 15 feet – 35 seconds to attempt as many shots as possible from the chosen spot.

 

All players took part in the spot-up shooting drills, while some opted into and out of various non-stationary drills, often based on what position they play, or what their prior skill set is.

 

As in the other two portions, this is still just a limited view on the prospects, though shooting is an actual skill, and one that can translate well to the NBA game.

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Spot Up NBA 3

Off Dribble 15 Left

Off Dribble 15 Right

Off Dribble 15 Top

On the Move College 3

On the Move 15 Feet

Kadeem Allen

PG

6’2.25

192.4

56%

50%

66.7%

83.3%

-

71.4%

Isaiah Briscoe

PG

6’2.75

222.4

76%

-

-

-

61.1%

-

Frank Jackson

PG

6’3.5

201.6

56%

-

-

66.7%

-

77.3%

Frank Mason

PG

6’0

188.8

56%

66.7%

83.3%

100%

-

57.1%

Monte Morris

PG

6’2.25

175.2

60%

100%

83.3%

83.3%

-

76.5%

Kobi Simmons

PG

6’4.5

166.2

60%

-

-

-

50%

-

Melo Trimble

PG

6’2.5

195.2

56%

-

-

-

66.7%

-

Derrick Walton Jr.

PG

6’0.75

188.6

68%

83.3%

66.7%

33.3%

-

82.1%

Derrick White

PG

6’4.5

189.8

56%

33.3%

83.3%

16.7%

-

69.7%

Nigel Williams-Goss

PG

6’3

190.2

72%

-

-

55.6%

-

71.9%

*Jawun Evans, De’Aaron Fox and Edmond Sumner did not participate in Agility testing.

 

Like last season, this year’s point guards impressed, for the most part, with their shooting ability. Kadeem Allen was very good off the dribble, as was Frank Mason, though both probably should have been better spot-up shooters from the NBA three-point line. Isaiah Briscoe, notorious for his lack of shooting ability, did really well in the two drills he did, including 76% spot-up from the NBA three. Monte Morris did well in all categories, especially off the dribble, as did Nigel Williams-Goss. Derrick White obviously has some work to do with his jumper, falling below 50% on two of his four non-stationary drills.

 

 

  

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Spot Up NBA 3

Off Dribble 15 Left

Off Dribble 15 Right

Off Dribble 15 Top

On the Move College

On the Move 15 Feet

Rawle Alkins

SG

6’3.75

222.6

68%

33.3%

50%

83.3%

-

64.1%

Jamel Artis

SG

6’6.75

213.2

52%

50%

83.3%

66.7%

-

52.8%

V.J. Beachem

SG

6’8

193.4

60%

50%

66.7%

83.3%

-

63.2%

Dillon Brooks

SG

6’6

220.2

72%

50%

33.3%

66.7%

-

63.2%

Tyler Dorsey

SG

6’4.5

182.6

64%

50%

50%

83.3%

-

55.6%

Damyean Dotson

SG

6’5.5

205.2

76%

-

-

-

70.3%

-

P.J. Dozier

SG

6’6.75

200.6

40%

66.7%

33.3%

66.7%

-

67.6%

Josh Hart

SG

6’5

209.2

60%

-

-

61.1%

-

54.3%

Wesley Iwundu

SG

6’6.75

193.4

68%

-

-

-

50%

-

Peter Jok

SG

6’5.75

202.4

80%

40%

33.3%

83.3%

-

68.4%

Andrew Jones

SG

6’4.25

185.0

60%

66.7%

66.7%

100%

-

74.4%

Donovan Mitchell

SG

6’3

211.4

72%

-

-

72.2%

-

69.4%

Svi Mykhailiuk

SG

6’7.5

219.6

80%

66.7%

33.3%

100%

-

70.3%

Davon Reed

SG

6’5.5

206.2

72%

-

-

77.8%

-

53.8%

Sindarius Thornwell

SG

6’4.75

211.6

48%

83.3%

50%

83.3%

-

59%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Hamidou Diallo, Dwayne Bacon, Terrance Ferguson, and Luke Kennard

 

As you would expect, most of this shooting guard group did well with the NBA spot up three, with the only exceptions being the South Carolina duo of P.J. Dozier and Sindarius Thornwell. Svi Mykhailiuk topped the group at 80%, hitting 20 of his 25 attempts, and four others, Dillon Brooks, Damyean Dotson, Donovan Mitchell, and Davon Reed, hit over 70%.  The non-stationary shooting was bit more diverse in its results, with Dozier and Thornwell certainly faring better than with the spot up NBA three.

 

Andrew Jones from Texas shined in the non-stationary shooting, with a low of 66.7-percent out of the four drills. V.J. Beachem, the tallest member of the group at 6’8, also did very well. As a whole, the group seemed to have the most trouble shooting off the dribble to the left, a tough shot for a right-handed player.

 

I expected better numbers from Tyler Dorsey, especially with how good his jumper looked at the NCAA Tournament, and I would have liked to see Wesley Iwundu take part in more drills, especially since his jumper was the weaker part of his game going in.

  

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Spot Up NBA 3

Off Dribble 15 Left

Off Dribble 15 Right

Off Dribble 15 Top

On the Move College

On the Move 15 Feet

Jarron Blossomgame

SF

6’6.75

218.6

56%

50%

50%

33.3%

-

59.3%

Justin Jackson

SF

6’7

219.4

56%

83.3%

66.7%

50%

-

63.9%

Semi Ojeleye

SF

6’6.75

241.4

32%

-

-

72.2%

-

77.5%

Devin Robinson

SF

6’8.25

189.6

52%**

-

-

55.6%

-

50%

*OG Anunoby, Kyle Kuzma, and Justin Jackson (UNC) did not participate in shooting drills

** Opted for college three-point line rather than NBA

 

We were down to only four small forwards for the shooting drills, with Kyle Kuzma and Justin Jackson, the North Carolina one, both opting out. That’s not a huge deal since both have shown their shooting ability on plenty of occasions. After not topping 50-percent in any shooting drill last season, Blossomgame showed improvement, only falling short in one of his five drills. Maryland’s Justin Jackson did very well across the board, highlighting the group.

 

I don’t think much was expected from Semi Ojeleye heading into these drills, but after a dismal performance in the NBA spot-up 3, he did very well in his two non-stationary drills. Devin Robinson didn’t even try the NBA spot-up 3, opting for the college line, and still only hitting 52-percent. He didn’t fare much better in the non-stationary, though to be fair, this wasn’t really a facet of his game in college.

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Spot Up NBA 3

Off Dribble 15 Left

Off Dribble 15 Right

Off Dribble 15 Top

On the Move College

On the Move 15

Jordan Bell

PF

6’8.5

223.6

40%

66.7%

16.7%

50%

-

60.5%

Thomas Bryant

PF

6’10.75

247.8

56%

-

-

72.2%

-

60.9%

John Collins

PF

6’9.5

225.2

64%

50%

66.7%

66.7%

-

63.6%

Nigel Hayes

PF

6’7.5

254.2

52%

16.7%

66.7%

50%

-

37.5%

Isaiah Hicks

PF

6’8.5

233.4

44%

83.3%

66.7%

33.3%

-

54.2%

Jonathan Jeanne

PF

7’2

207.4

36%

33.3%

33.3%

100%

-

50%

Tyler Lydon

PF

6’9.5

215

72%

66.7%

50%

66.7%

-

77.1%

Eric Mika

PF

6’9.75

232.8

48%

50%

66.7%

66.7%

-

52.8%

Cameron Oliver

PF

6’8.25

238.6

36%

-

-

50%

-

56.7%

Moritz Wagner

PF

6’11.25

231.2

60%

-

-

-

61.1%

-

*Bam Adebayo, Zach Collins, Thomas Welsh, Harry Giles, Jonathan Motley, D.J. Wilson, Alec Peters, Ivan Rabb, TJ Leaf, Caleb Swanigan, and Chris Boucher did not take part in the shooting drills.

 

When looking at the power forwards, you usually have some divide between the stretch fours, who can usually step out and shoot, and the classic power forward who likes to score around the basket. With that in mind, it can be tougher to look at the shooting drills as a whole for the group, unless you know about every player’s skill set coming in. Just as an example, John Collins was a beast around the basket for Wake Forest this past year, so to see how well he did in the shooting drills is very impressive. On the other hand, Cam Oliver was a 38-percent three-point shooter in college, so to see him shoot only 36-percent on spot-up NBA threes is a bit disappointing, as players usually do much better in this drill.

 

Four others in the group were sub-50-percent shooters in the spot-up NBA three, and they were expected – Jordan Bell, Isaiah Hicks, Jonathan Jeanne, and Eric Mika. Tyler Lydon, who hit 50-percent or better in all five of his shooting drills, hit 72-percent of his spot-up threes, the best in the group. Moritz Wagner also did well in his two drills, topping 60-percent in each.

 

 

Player

Pos.

Height

Weight

Spot Up NBA 3

Off Dribble 15 Left

Off Dribble 15 Right

Off Dribble 15 Top

On the Move College

On the Move 15 Feet

Tony Bradley

C

6’10.75

248.8

52%

66.7%

83.3%

50%

-

54.3%

Kennedy Meeks

C

6’10.25

276.6

56%

50%

33.3%

33.3%

-

68.4%

Omar Yurtseven

C

6’11.75

248.4

36%

-

-

38.9%

-

67.7%

*Justin Patton, Ike Anigbogu, and Jarrett Allen did not take part in shooting drills

 

Only three centers remained for the shooting portion of the testing, which isn’t unusual for the big men.  Of the three, Tony Bradley was easily the best of the group, hitting at least 50-percent in all five of his drills. Fellow North Carolina big man Kennedy Meeks did better than I would have expected, including 56-percent on the spot-up NBA three. The third player in the group, Omar Yurtseven, wrapped up a disappointing combine with sub-40-percent shooting in two of his three drills.

 

 

The NBA is all about being able to shoot the ball, and not being able to, from almost any position, is a likely sign that a player may not be long for the league. I would take the NBA numbers with a grain of salt, at this point, as players will still need time to work on the distance and get stronger. 




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